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Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Featured, Gear Reviews | 0 comments

Gear Review: The Red Chili Spirit Lady VCR

Gear Review: The Red Chili Spirit Lady VCR

Review by Jessica Barilone Brand: Red Chili Model: Spirit Lady VCR Retail Price: $80-$125 Specs as advertised: 3 VCR (hook and loop) straps for adjustment Twin tongue for easy opening and easy in / out Synthetic upper to keep shape and size of the shoe leather footbed for comfort and nonslip positioning of the foot Impact Zone EVA cushioning under the heel Red Chili RX 2 rubber 4,2 mm Pros: Comfortable after full day of climbing. Cons: Lacks outdoor durability. The test: I bought my first pair of Spirit Ladies at the beginning of the indoor season last fall. I broke them in quite easily and found that they were extremely comfortable, molding well to my feet. They were precise enough for indoor holds and maintained some rigidity. When spring came around, they faired well for a week of multi-pitch on granite and regular sport climbing on limestone. However, it wasn’t before long (two months of climbing outdoors regularly, 2-3 days/week) until my big toe broke on through to...

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Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Gear Reviews, Personal Stories | 0 comments

Here’s a New Year’s resolution for you

By Aimee Roseborrough Most of us have similar resolutions: eat better, train harder, be kinder, etc, but how about a resolution to help the earth and make your life easier? I’m talking about using a menstrual cup. You can decrease your impact on the earth by not using tampons and/or pads anymore! Menstrual cups have become slightly more mainstream recently and several companies make them. They’re designed to be reusable, so you don’t have the heaps of trash. Also, you don’t have to worry about toxic shock syndrome. Finally, when you’re climbing outside, you don’t have to deal with packing out your used feminine hygiene products. But aren’t they hard to use? Not really. There’s a bit of a learning curve and during that time, I would recommend using panty liners or Thinx period panties so as not to ruin your undies. You can find videos online with explicit directions. An Australian blogger detailed her first three months using a menstrual cup, which includes some encouragement if all of this sounds alarming. After 6 months...

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Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Featured, Features, Gear Reviews, In gear we trust | 0 comments

How I built my trad rack

How I built my trad rack

By Teresa Wasiak I dated a guy quite a long time ago who “climbed.” He is the one who introduced me to climbing, which consisted of him and his best buddy setting up a top rope and getting a bunch of people (usually girls) together to come out and give it a try. I gave it a try and I was hooked. While we were dating, he kept talking about learning how to lead sport or trad someday but didn’t feel confident enough with his partner. While he was visiting family in Oregon, he hit a huge going out of business sale on gear and bought a bunch of stuff. I didn’t know what any of this was at the time but I remember the HUGE pieces of metal on his apartment living room floor. We eventually broke up, and I was more devastated about losing a climbing contact than a boyfriend. Who was I going to climb with!?!?! Eventually, I made plenty of new friends and eventually those...

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